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Research projects

Current research projects in the unit:


Living with dementia (LIDEM) 

The setting-up of a new research center with the aim to enhance the knowledge on living with dementia. The setting-up of the research center is led by Professor and Head of Research, Pernille Tanggaard Andersen, Unit for Health Promotion Research. Read more in Danish only.

Contact person: Pernille T. Andersen,  

Does a virtual reality-based game improve alcohol resistance skills among adolescents? 

This research project consists of two sub studies. The aim of the first sub study is to develop a virtual reality party simulation through co-creation – thus involving users in a real-life setting. The aim of the preceding sub study is to test if this virtual reality party simulation can help young people build their skills to make decisions and say “no” in situations where they may feel that they are subject to peer pressure in relation to alcohol and other drugs. This will be tested in an RCT on pupils aged 15-18 in Danish schools.

Partners/collaborators: TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Aarhus University

Timeframe: April 2018 to December 2023
Funding: TrygFonden
Contact person: Christiane Stock, (, Julie Dalgaard Guldager, (

Sammenhængende forløb for borgere med afasi (Procedures for citizens with aphasia in Denmark) (Timeframe 2018-2024)

Read more on the Danish page.

Finished research projects in the unit:


Path2Integrity is a HORIZON 2020 EU project. The goal is to maximize the quality and societal impact of research by fostering research integrity as an integral part of the research and innovation process.

Partners/collaborators: Fachhochschule Coburg (CO), Germany (Coordinator); Syddansk Universitet (SDU), Denmark; 3C Compliance SL (3C), Spain, Pensoft Publishers (PENSOFT), Bulgaria, Fundacio Catalana per a la Recerca i la Innovacio (FCRi), Spain, EUREC Office GUG (EUREC Office), Germany, Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel (CAU), Germany, Instytut Badan Edukacyjnych (IBE), Poland.
Timeframe: Jan 2019 - Dec 2021
Funding: HORIZON 2020, SwafS-02-2018 Innovative methods for teaching ethics and research integrity; EC Project Contract Number: 824488
Contact persons: Christiane Stock ( and Mette Winge Jakobsen; other core team members: Maria Palianopoulou. The Unit for Health Promotion Research.


CONFIDE is a capacity building project in higher education with the aim to strengthen public health (PH) research capacity to inform evidence based policies in Tunisia.

Partners/collaborators: Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania (Coordinator); Syddansk Universitet (SDU), Denmark; Trnavska Univerzita V Trnave (TU), Slovakia; Sfax University (USFAX), Tunisia; Universite de Tunis el Manar (UTM), Tunisia; University of Sousse (US), Tunisia.
Timeframe: 2017-2020
Funding: Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education, Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union; EC Project Contract Number: 2017-2981
Contact persons: Leena Eklund Karlsson(; other core team members: Arja R. Aro , Maria Palianopoulou. The Unit for Health Promotion Research.

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Demensvenlige landsbyer (Local communities with dementia friendly initiatives)

Varde Municipality is initiating the first dementia friendly local community in Denmark which Pernille Tanggaard Andersen from The University of Southern Denmark is evaluating. The unit will collect data in the local communities Skovlund and Ansager

Timeframe: 2017 - 2019
Funding: The Danish Health Authority
Contact person: Pernille Tanggaard Andersen (


DIYPES is a 24 months' research project funded under the Erasmus+ Sport programme that started on January 1st, 2017. The project proposes a participative approach to physical education classes’ development and employment, focused on high-school students’ expressed needs and interests, but  also by taking into account physical education and sport (PES) curricula in each partner country as well as the resources (infrastructure, equipment, PE teachers) of the high-schools involved in the project.

Partners/collaborators:  Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania (Coordinator); SDU, Unit for Health Promotion Research, Denmark ; The National Research Council, Italy; Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra- Faculty of Education, Slovakia; University of Sports Tirana, Albania; Foundation for the Promotion of Social Inclusion in Mala, Malta.
Timeframe: 2017-2018
Funding: EU Erasmus + Sport programme
Contact person in the unit: Pernille Tanggaard Andersen, (


A social norms intervention to prevent drug use and its harmful consequences among Danish adolescents - Det gode liv mellem de unge

De gode liv mellem de unge is a controlled trial based on the social norms approach. The main objective is of the project is to develop, implement and test a web-based and classroom based intervention that aims at reducing the use of alcohol and the harmful consequences of alcohol such as violence and anti-social behaviour and at improving school achievement among Danish adolescents in 9th grade.

Partners/collaborators: TrygFonden's Centre for Child Research, Aarhus University

Link to project description on the SDU website

Timeframe: April 2014 to October 2017
Funding: TrygFonden
Contact person in the unit: Christiane Stock, (


REsearch into POlicy to enhance Physical Activity (REPOPA) aims to integrate scientific research knowledge, expert know-how and real world policy making process to increase synergy and sustainability in promoting health and preventing disease, and to promote physical activity in structural policy making, by building on evidence and experiences on policy making processes, studying innovative ’win-win’ ways to collaborate between academia and policy makers and establishing structures and best practices for future health promotion.

Partners/collaborators: SDU Unit for Health Promotion Research (coordinator), SDU Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Tilburg University, Netherlands, Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, The National Research Council, Italy, University of Ottawa, Canada, Research Centre for Prevention and Health, Capital Region Denmark, Herefordshire Primary Care Trust, United Kingdom.

Timeframe: October 2011 to October 2016
Funding by the EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

Contact person: Arja R Aro

Link to project website: also on Twitter:

University Students' Health Studies (SLICE):


The SLiCE (Student life perspectives in Europe) study is a cross-national longitudinal study dealing with different aspects of health and health behaviours among university students around Europe in order to identify needs for intervention programmes that could help to improve students' health.

SLiCE is a cohort study among first year students and intends at following them for up to 5 years. The aim is to analyse health and health related behaviour as well as life perspectives among university students, and to detect changes in health and health related behaviour over time. Secondly, the aim is to compare health and health related behaviour among university students between the participating European countries.

Partners/collaborators: PJ Safarik University Kosice, Slovakia (coordinator), Unit for Health Promotion Research SDU, (partner and leader of the sexual health topic), University of Bremen, Germany, Public University of Navarra, Spain, University of Bradford, UK, Kaunas Medical University, Lithuania, Charles University in Praque, Czech Republic, Eötvös Lorànd University, Hungary, Hacettepe University, Turkey The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, University of Amsterdam, Netherland.

Timeframe: 2010 to 2016

Contact person in the unit: Christiane Stock, (

University Students' Health Studies (SNIPE):


The Social Norms Intervention for the Prevention of Polydrug usE (SNIPE) is a controlled trial. SNIPE is based on the a social norms approach and the main objective is to develop, implement and test an e-health intervention to reduce use of alcohol and tobacco smoking, prevent use of cannabis, cocaine and synthetic drugs and prevent poly-drug consumption among European university and college students.

Partners/collaborators: University of Bremen (coordinator), Unit for Health Promotion Research, SDU (partner and work package leader), PJ Safarik University Kosice, Slovakia, University of Antwerp, Belgium, University of Bradford, UK, University of Leeds, UK, Public University of Navarra, Spain, Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey.

Timeframe: March 2011 to March 2013
Funding: European Commission, Directorate-General Justice, Freedom, Security
Contact person in the unit: Christiane Stock, (

Does relative deprivation exist in Denmark? A community-level analysis of health inequalities

The aim of this project is to address the existence and effects of relative deprivation in Denmark and to compare and develop appropriate measures of deprivation specific to the Danish context.

Partners/collaborators: Unit for Health Promotion Research, SDU (principle investigator), Statens Institut for Folkesundhed, Copenhagen; Institute of History and Civilization, SDU; Charité Berlin, Germany; Center for Rusmiddelforskning, Aarhus University, Aarhus

Timeframe: January 2007 – December 2010
Funding: Danish Research Council and Helsefonden
Contact person in the unit: Christiane Stock (

FELIS-project (Flerstrengede Evidensbaserede Lokale Indsatser for Sundhedsfremme/Multilevel evidence-based local interventions for health promotion)

Multilevel evidence-based local interventions for health promotion

The FELIS-Project is a research project that originates from the cooperation with two municipalities in the Region of Southern Denmark (Fredericia and Esbjerg Kommune) targeted at systematic interventions in local health promotion practice in the municipalities.

The starting point of this project is an extensive empirical and multidimensional study of everyday life and health habits of the residents of the neighborhood in the municipality of Fredericia (2008-2011) in order to gain more knowledge of the health conditions, habits and behaviour among the residents.

The main theme for the research project is neighbourhood health.

 - The overall objective of the FELIS project is to investigate and evaluate the types of local, social and health related interventions that could ultimately help to reduce social inequality in health through systematic and focused efforts in collaboration between research and practice.

Partners/collaborators: Fredericia Kommune, Esbjerg Kommune, Roskilde Universitet, Aalborg Universitet.

Timeframe: September 2008 - December 2013
Funding: Det Kommunale Momsfond og Trygfonden
Contact persons at SDU: Pernille Tanggaard Andersen ( & Carsten Kronborg Bak (

Link to project website

Public Health Genomics European Network- PHGEN II:

PHGEN aims to develop policies for the quality assurance, provision and use of genome-based knowledge and technologies in Public Health Genomics. The project is a follow-up of PHGEN (2006-2008). The main task of PHGEN II is to adapt existing guidance to the needs of public health genomics and to gather new evidence where gaps are detected. The interdisciplinary task builds on the existing evidence and guidance coming out of other EU-funded projects, international, national and regional guidance. The Unit is included in the USE work package, which is lead by INSERM, France.

The specific aim of the work package is to develop best practice guidance for the use of genome-based information and technologies. The term “use” is defined as a domain where participants address the demand of patients and customers, all aspects related to ELSI (ethical, legal, and social issues) research, the health literacy of lay persons and the involvement of stakeholders. The emphasis lies on the responsible application of genome-based information and technologies in order to ensure equity and solidarity in genomics.

Partners/collaborators:  Coordinated by the Institute for Public Health Genomics, Maastricht University.

Partners in USE work package: INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), France

Timeframe:  June 2009 – June 2012
Funding: DG SANCO
Contact persons: Christina Mischorr-Boch – Arja R Aro, Unit for Health Promotion Research

Risk assessment from policy to impact dimension (RAPID):

The main aim of the project is therefore to develop, pilot test and implement risk assessment methodology for full chain risk assessment (policy-determinants of health-risk factors-health effect).

Partners/collaborators: SDU Unit for Health Promotion Research (coordinator), Institute of Public Health, Republic of Slovenia, Landesinstitut für Gesundheit und Arbeit des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Faculty of Public Health University of Debrecen, Hungary, National Research Council, Institute of Clinical Physiology, Unit of Epidemiology and Health Service Research, Italy, Escuela Andaluzia de Salud Publica, Spain, State Environmental Health Centre, Lithuania, Department of Public Health, Medical University of Silesia, Poland, Trnava University, Faculty of Health Care and Social Work, Slovak Republic, Ministry of Health, Malta, Regionalny urad verejneho zdravotnictva, Slovak Republic, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania, WHO European Centre for Environment and health, Italy.

Timeframe: 2009-2012
Funding: European Commission Health & Consumer Protection Directorate-General via Executive Agency for Health and Consumers
Contact person in the unit: Gabriel Gulis, (


How to individualise vitamin-K-antagonist treatment? An exploration study on the influence of gene-environment interactions on inter- and intra-individual variations in dose-response:

The project is aimed at studying the factors which facilitate or interfere with the success of anti-coagulant treatment with vitamin-K-antagonists and in particular to investigate the role of genetic, environmental, psychological and behavioural factors in the origin of such variations and thereby to provide a basis for optimised treatment. The project is conducted together with the Unit for Thrombosis Research at University of Southern Denmark, with the Unit for Health Promotion contributing especially to the psychological and behavioural part of the study.

Contact persons in the unit: Anja Leppin (, Marianne Vamosi

Healthy Regions

This project is coordinated by the Region South Denmark office in Brussels and aims to discuss health promotion within regional decision making and political processes; more information available at project website.

Contact person in the unit: Gabriel Gulis, (

Effectiveness of health impact assessment

This project analyzed effectiveness of health impact assessment under leadership of the European Observatory for health systems and policies, Brussels; more information and the final products are available at the project website.


The project targeted capacity building for HIA in the new members states and accession countries of the European Union and was supported by DG – SANCO of the European Commission; more available at HIA-NMAC website.

Contact person in the unit: Gabriel Gulis, (

Last Updated 12.01.2024